I have organised a party and in Polish tradition we are each to name a cause for us all to toast. The hall grows to accommodate perhaps 250 people. Music plays and one by one each person offers their particular blessing into the mike.
I have a short text in my notebook that I want to read. It is the reason I assembled everyone in the first place, so I am desperate and excited for my turn to arrive.
I ask for the deafening William Tell overture to be turned down. The audience continues chattering loudly.
"PLEASE...LISTEN," I beg them, "this is such an important message."
And I turn to my book to find the passage, but of course the page is missing.